December 7, 1986 |
Befitting their status as the defending NBA champions, the Boston Celtics are a loose group. Such was the case before Tuesday night's 117-109 upset loss in Hartford, Conn., to the Washington Bullets. In the locker room, a group of the Celtics were huddled around a television screen, not watching films of the Bullets but rather an episode of an obscure game show. The contestants?
December 16, 1994 |
It was on enemy turf this time, so the Lakers dug in and readied for Houston to take its best shot at revenge. The Rockets did too. But they missed. Thirteen days after crushing the Rockets at the Forum, the Lakers delivered another blow to the suddenly staggering NBA champions on Thursday night, winning a close game this time, 97-94, at the Summit as Cedric Ceballos had a season-high 36 points and 10 rebounds.
February 28, 2011 |
Horace Grant is so enchanted by his adopted home on California's Central Coast that he might be mistaken for a Realtor or tourism-council spokesman. "It's so serene," he says. "It's such a beautiful area. " At the moment, the former Lakers forward is seated in the living room of a rented hilltop home high above Pismo Beach. Out the window on a clear winter day, views of the jagged coastline are magnificent, stretching from San Luis Obispo Bay to the northwest, the shimmering Pacific Ocean dead ahead and, to the south, the Pismo Dunes Natural Preserve and beyond.
April 14, 2011 |
Surely, it was suggested to Kobe Bryant after Wednesday night's overtime victory over the Sacramento Kings, there have to be some good vibes about the Lakers now that the playoffs are here. After all, the 82-game regular season was tedious at times for the Lakers. But now they can focus just on the New Orleans Hornets, their first-round opponent. How does Bryant feel about the Lakers going into the postseason? "I'm not sure. I don't know," Bryant said, chuckling. "This team is so weird.
October 20, 1990
Detroit guard Vinnie Johnson agreed to contract terms with the two-time NBA champions after holding out for $3.2 million for two years. Details were not disclosed.
June 15, 2005 |
If it looked like Phil Jackson, talked like Phil Jackson and walked like a wounded buck, then that must have been the past-present-future Laker coach who stood in front of Los Angeles mid-afternoon Tuesday, adjusted his glasses and said something along the lines of, "I'm back," only longer and without the Jordanian flair. He was gone a year, out experiencing life away from the game, on beaches in Australia and New Zealand, on a lake in Montana, on a veranda in Playa del Rey.